Conference Takeaways

Now that the 2010 Writers’ League of Texas Conference is behind us, I’m wondering what everyone’s favorite takeaways were. Here’s my favorite eye-openers of the weekend:

  • Agents do NOT read synopses — they’d much rather read the actual book.
  • Cal Morgan of HarperCollins was a superb last-minute substitute for Carrie Kania. He reminded us that in the end, it’s all about the writing and the book.
  • The WLT’s new staff more than rose to the occasion. Jan, Bethany, Kate, and our fab interns (Bryan, Juliette, Kaitlin, and Ashley) rocked!

What words of wisdom, tips, or advice struck you? We invite you to share them here at the blog or on Facebook.

And if you want to relive the conference in pictures, here’s a link to photographer Deanna Roy’s website! (Pictured at right: Agent Alex Glass of Trident Media)

— Posted by Cyndi Hughes


2 thoughts on “Conference Takeaways

  1. I heard the comment about synopses also. Then, 3 agents at the conference asked me for one with my query and material. So don’t be fooled by what we think they want. I recommend still having one polished and ready.

  2. One of my takeaways from this conference is that all agents are the same, in that they are completely different. You receive advice from one agent, then you go to another agent’s website and it says the exact opposite. So do your research on each agent!

    As one of my writing instructors used to say, “All generalizations are false, including this one.”

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